Freemasons’ Donation Opens Doors for Cambridge Almshouse Residents


almshouseFrom Left to Right – Gill Amps (Warden), Stan Bishop, Eva Shaw, David Cameron (Trustee of Care and Relief), Sheila George

The Cambridge Royal Albert Homes has been given a cheque for £1,000 from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons, through a grant from the Province of Cambridgeshire Masonic Charity for Care and Relief.

The Royal Albert Homes were originally formed in 1846 and provide subsidised housing for independent people of retirement age.

Gill Amps, Warden of the Cambridge Royal Albert Homes said,” On behalf of the Albert Homes residents I wish to thank David and the Freemasons for the extremely generous cheque to be used to improve disabled access to the Homes”.

David Cameron, Trustee of Care and Relief said, “We are very happy to be able to support the Royal Albert Homes and help provide a safer environment for its residents”. He added, “I have often driven past the homes and admired their Victorian architecture and am delighted for the opportunity to visit and find out more about these beautiful homes”.

Eva Shaw, a resident of the Royal Albert Homes said “How kind of them to donate such a generous cheque. I was amazed. “

Everyone at the homes wishes to thank the Cambridgeshire Freemasons for their kind generosity.


About the Cambridge Royal Albert Homes
The Cambridge Royal Albert Homes is a charity that provides subsidised homes for senior citizens with limited income. All donations are used to maintain the old 27 Victorian houses, giving its elderly and vulnerable residents a happy, active environment that they can call home. The Society receives no central or local government subsidy and self-funds through public donations and legacies.
Contact: Edward Thackray / Eleanor Matthewson
Telephone: 01223 302531
Office Address – Cambridge Royal Albert Benevolent Society, 28 Royal Albert Homes, 120 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1PP

About Cambridgeshire Freemasonry
The Masonic Province of Cambridgeshire is relatively small, with Masonic Centres in Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, March, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech; this amounts to some 1500 Freemasons and 30 individual lodges. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and inclusivity, with members drawn from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. We welcome enquiries from anyone who is curious about our values and our history.
More information is available on our website and enquiries should be directed to our Provincial Office in Cambridge via or to our Provincial Information Officer:
Jon Cooper
07714 763427